Fujifilm 55-200mm Lens Review: Fuji’s higher grade tele-zoom is a solid addition to your X-mount kit


posted Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 11:20 AM EST


Released in May of 2014, the Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is a telephoto zoom lens providing an effective focal length equivalence of 83-300mm. Part of Fuji's XF-line of lenses, the XF 55-200 f/3.5-4.8 lens features slightly higher-end specs compared to the the more consumer-oriented XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS, especially with regards to the faster f/3.5-4.8 aperture range.

The build quality of the all-metal Fuji 55-200mm lens is very good. For a telephoto zoom lens, it isn't all that heavy (just over 20 oz.), but mounted on the smaller X-mount bodies, such as the X-E1 we use for our tests, it does make for a kit that's not quite as svelte as you might have hoped. Performance-wise, the 55-200mm is an impressive lens with great sharpness at most focal lengths, and other optical qualities are very impressive -- especially thanks to Fuji's in-camera corrections.

For all the details, head over to SLRgear to read our Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS review, complete with our in-depth report, final conclusion as well as our full range of test results and sample images.

The Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is currently available for purchase for around $599, and includes a barrel-shaped lens hood. Check out Amazon, Adorama or B&H for more info on purchasing. Buying this lens, or any other item, at one of these trusted affiliates helps support this site and keeps the reviews coming!

In the meantime, check out some sample photos shot by our senior lens technician Rob Murray. You can view more sample photos, plus download the full-resolution files, over at our Flickr page.

X-E1: 70.5mm, f/6.4, 1/240s, ISO 200, -0.3EV
X-E1: 63.8mm, f/3.6, 1/1300s, ISO 200
X-E1: 90.4mm, f/6.4, 1/280s, ISO 200, -0.3EV